Sunday, September 20, 2015

Tattoo

Oh no! It's long after midnight and I forgot to post yesterday. I didn't sleep the night before and so after a long, eventful day my two year old and I feel asleep on the couch watching Star Trek (Original Series). So let's just call this post 9/19 and it'll be our little secret... well, not a secret. More like a collective delusion that we choose to accept. There has to be a word for that which is escaping me right now...

SO....

On the topic of Suicide Prevention and Awareness and overall Mental Health Awareness.... I got a tattoo!


There is so much meaning for me in this simple, little tattoo. The short story:

The infinity symbol represents how life ongoing and my most likely lifelong battle against mental illness. The semicolon represents how I will never choose to end my life no matter how many times things get bad. The tattoo faces outwards towards others so I can tell my story and help others. 


I know my dad is going to be upset since he is very anti-tattoo, but it felt like a wonderful celebration of the milestone that I hit on Friday as well as a beacon to guide me as I continue my lifelong journey of recovery as well as my dreams and goals to help others fighting the same or similar battles. 

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About 20 days until the Out of the Darkness walk for Suicide Prevention and Awareness. I have a team of 5 people and we would love to have more people join us. You presence alone will help raise awareness. There is no registration fee and no minimal amount to donate. The organization recommends that each person have a goal of $150 (You get a t-shirt if you reach this amount) so our team goal is $750. I'm not expecting that to make that goal, but why not shoot high? We have currently $170. Every donation makes a difference from $1 to $100. If you're not able to do the walk with us, please consider donating to our team. 

If you are not in my area, definitely check out the Out of the Darkness site to find a walk near you! 

Suicide is 100% preventable. Let's open up the conversation and save lives. 

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